SALE

Who was/is Frankie Laine ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more


Frankie Laine

Francesco Paolo LoVecchio was born on March 30, 1913 in Chicago's 'Little Italy' district. His parents, Cresenzia 'Anna' Concetta Salerno and Giovanni LoVecchio, had both emigrated from the Sicilian village of Monreale, near Palermo.

Anna was twelve years old when her father, who had emigrated to the United States in search of work, sent for her, her mother and five siblings. Her father had worked as a laborer on the railroad, among other jobs, before settling in Chicago as a butcher. Giovanni had come from Sicily about the same time as Anna, 1906, and was working for the railroad when he took rooms in the home owned by the Salerno family.

Giovanni ambitiously entered trade school and studied to be a barber. He and Anna were married, and Francesco was born on March 30, 1913. Several years later, the family moved to larger quarters in an ethnically disparate neighborhood, where their neighbors were of Italian, German, French, Scandinavian and African ancestry. Giovanni continued cutting hair (Al Capone was a regular customer), and Anna worked in her father's grocery store in addition to raising her eight children -- Francesco being the eldest.

Young Francesco went to school and served as an altar boy at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, when he wasn't pl

aying stickball in the streets or following Chicago White Sox baseball games. His parents weren't particularly musically-inclined, he recalls, though they had a Victrola phonograph and a small collection of opera recordings. He also remembers an Italian pop singer named Carlo Buti. Francesco was more impressed, though, by two Americans: blues singer Bessie Smith and blackface entertainer Al Jolson. Seeing a Jolson film called 'The Singing Fool', Laine later explained, "After watching him sink to his knees and sing 'Sonny Boy', I knew what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to be like Jolson and captivate an audience with the power of a song.

"I felt I had a tremendous instinctive empathy for jazz music, and as much as I admired Jolson the performer, I never really wanted to sing in his style. I wanted to be more like Louis Armstrong. After I heard his 1928 recording of 'West End Blues' on the radio. I started singing jazz tunes to anyone who'd listen."

In high school, Laine says, his participation in track and field events helped him develop lung power and breath control that he'd later use in
a far different capacity. At the age of fifteen he made his public debut as a singer, entertaining at a friend's sister's 18th birthday party. "A fellow named Tony Benson had bought a tiple(a ten-string ukulele-like instrument) to the party, and we launched into 'Mia Bella Rosa', an Italian flavored pop song of the day. Every girl in the place started bawling, and every guy seemed stunned at what they had heard, as if this was the last thing they'd expected from (me). From then on, every time there was a party or a picnic, I was included in the plans because I could entertain."

It cost fourteen cents' fare to get to the Merry Garden Ballroom on Chicago's North Side, but Francesco made the trip often, helping develop his musical taste by watching the best. The house band, led by Joe Kayser, included among its ranks jazz legends in the making Frankie Trumbauer on C-melody saxophone, clarinetist Frank Teschemacher, cornetist Muggsy Spanier, drummer Gene Krupa, and -- on piano -- a young man named David Rose, who would go on to become one of Hollywood's most prominent composers and arrangers. Visiting stars including Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with vocalist Mildred Bailey, and Cab Calloway. LoVecchio first took the Merry Garden stage, singing Whiteman's 1930 hit Old New England Moon with visiting bandleader Charlie Agnew (who, with his 'Stevens Hotel Orchestra', would have an early hit version of Don't Blame Me); he subsequently joined Kayser's band from time to time for a number or two.

from book BCD16361 -- Frankie Laine That Lucky Old Sun (6CD & 1PD)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/laine-frankie-that-lucky-old-sun-6cd-und-1pd.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records



More information about Frankie Laine on de.Wikipedia.org
 
 
   
 
Frankie Laine: That Lucky Old Sun (6CD & 1PD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16361
 

Item in stock

6-CD + 1 PD box (LP-size) with 72-page hardcover book, 153 tracks. Playing time approx. 437 mns. When most young singers were trying to croon like Bing Crosby , Frankie Laine wanted to sing with the manliness and soul of Louis Armstrong, and thrill an audience...

$165.14 *

Frankie Laine: I Believe (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16367
 

Item in stock

6-CD box (LP-size) with 104-page book, 163 tracks. Playing time approx. 438 mns. Between his first recordings in 1944 and the conclusion of his contract with Mercury Records in 1952 (chronicled on Volume 1 of this series, 'That Lucky Old Sun,' BCD 16361 GK)....

$165.14 *

Frankie Laine: On The Trail
Art-Nr.: BCD15480
 

Item in stock

1-CD with 16-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 56 mns. In 1952, the career of Italian-American crooner Frankie Laine took an unexpected turn when producer Mitch Miller brought him the theme song of the Gary Cooper film, "High Noon", to record. Laine's...

Instead of:$18.82 * $17.64 *

Frankie Laine: Rocks And Gravel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI136
 

Item in stock

(2010/OMNI) 28 tracks (76:43) 1956-64 with 20 page booklet. Blistering Gunfighter Ballads & Epic Blue-Collar Anthems!

$21.18 *

Frankie Laine: On The Trail Again
Art-Nr.: BCD15632
 

Item in stock

1-CD with 20-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. This second helping of Laine's Western songs offers a different take of Rawhide as well as lesser-known Western gems like Dead Man's Hand . But some of the non-Western performances, such as an...

Instead of:$18.82 * $17.64 *

Frankie Laine: Rawhide (9-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16522
 

Item in stock

9-CD box (LP-size) with 104-page hardcover book, 215 tracks. Playing time 615:42 mns This, the third of the Bear Family boxed sets of Frankie Laine recordings, completes the series, and takes in his studio work for the Columbia label through the years 1956 to...

$222.96 *

Frankie Laine: Balladeer & Deuces Wild
Art-Nr.: CDCOL7602
 

Item in stock

(2004/COL) 24 tracks - originally released as CS 8188 in 1959 & CS 8496 in 1961.

$11.74 *

Frankie Laine: Deuces Wild - Call Of The Wild (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD4810172
 

Item in stock

​(1995/Columbia) 24 tracks

$11.74 *

Frankie Laine: Call Of The Wild - Wanderlust
Art-Nr.: CDCOL7603
 

Item in stock

(2003/COLLECTABLES) 24 tracks (71:02) Columbia 1962/63

$11.74 *

Frankie Laine: Rockin & Hell Bent For Leather
Art-Nr.: CDCOL6077
 

Item in stock

CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Frankie Laine - Rockin & Hell Bent For Leather

Instead of:$21.12 * $16.90 *

Frankie Laine: One For My Baby & Mr. Rhythm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL6058
 

Item in stock

CD on COLLECTABLES RECORDS by Frankie Laine - One For My Baby & Mr. Rhythm (CD)

$15.28 *

Frankie Laine: Foreign Affair - Reunion In Rhythm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL7604
 

Item in stock

(2003/COLLECTABLES) 24 tracks, two original albums from 1958 & 1959

$11.74 *

Frankie Laine: A Country Laine (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLAU1009
 

Item in stock

​(1992/Laurie) 10 tracks

$23.54 *

Frankie Laine: 16 Most Requested Songs
Art-Nr.: CDCK45029
 

Item in stock

(1989/COLUMBIA) 16 tracks mono

$17.58 *

Frankie Laine: The Essence (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCK53573
 

Item in stock

​(1993/Columbia) 10 tracks

$11.74 *

Frankie Laine: Torchin' - You Are My Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD494623
 

Item in stock

(​1999/Sony) 24 tracks

Instead of:$23.54 * $18.83 *

Frankie Laine: Setting The Standart - Transcriptions 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDJAS385
 

Item in stock

CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Frankie Laine - Setting The Standart - Transcriptions 2-CD

$11.74 *

Frankie Laine: The Very Best Of (ABC Years) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTAR1017
 

Currently not available

​(1996/Taragon) 14 tracks

$21.18 *

   
 
 
Viewed